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Lee Sang-yoon (Korean이상윤; born August 15, 1981) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his starring roles in Life Is Beautiful (2010), The Duo (2011), My Daughter Seo-young (2012), Goddess of Fire (2013), Angel Eyes (2014), Liar Game (2014), On the Way to the Airport (2016) and Whisper (2017).

Lee Sang-yoon
Born (1981-08-15) August 15, 1981 (age 38)
Alma materSeoul National University - Physics
Years active2004–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Sang-yun
McCune–ReischauerI Sangyun



Lee Sang-yoon was picked out of a crowd on the streets of Yeouido by his former agency director at the age of 24. Making his entertainment debut in 2005 in a Hite Beer commercial, he went on to star in several television series. He won Best New Actor at the 2010 MBC Drama Awards for Home Sweet Home.[1][2]

Lee earned recognition with his role in the family weekend drama My Daughter Seo-young (2012),[3] which recorded a peak viewership rating of 47.6%, making it the highest rated Korean drama of 2013.[4]

Lee returned to the screen with period drama Goddess of Fire, playing Prince Gwanghae.[5]

Lee starred in his first big screen leading role in the 2014 romance film Santa Barbara.[6][7] The same year, he also played lead roles in the medical drama Angel Eyes and mystery thriller series Liar Game.[8][9]

In 2015, Lee starred in romantic comedy series Second 20s.[10]

In 2016, Lee starred in romance melodrama On the Way to the Airport.[11] He had his second big screen leading role in the thriller film Insane.[12]

In 2017, Lee starred in SBS' legal drama Whisper, playing an elite judge.[13][14] In December, Lee confirmed to appear in the variety show Master in the House as a fixed cast member.[15]

In 2018, Lee starred in the fantasy melodrama About Time alongside Lee Sung-kyung.[16]

Lee will make his silver screen comeback in 2019 with the action comedy Okay Madam. He is set to play a charismatic North Korean spy who hijacks a family.[17]. The same year he will return to small screen with the office mystery drama VIP starring together with Jang Na-ra.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2013, Lee graduated from the prestigious Seoul National University with a degree in Physics.[19][20] He had entered as a freshman in 2000, but his acting career and mandatory military service had caused him to take several years of leave from SNU, resulting in his delayed graduation.[21][22]


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Hangul Role Network
2007 Drama City "Transformation" 드라마시티 - 변신 Charles[23] KBS2
Air City 에어시티 Kim Jung-min[24] MBC
Drama City "Sky Lovers" 드라마시티 - 하늘 연인 Moon Ui-sik KBS2
Likeable or Not 미우나 고우나 Seo Woo-jin[25] KBS1
2008 The Scale of Providence 신의 저울 Kim Woo-bin[26] SBS
Don't Cry My Love 사랑해, 울지마 Jang Hyun-woo[27] MBC
2009 Heading to the Ground 맨땅에 헤딩 Jang Seung-woo[28]
2010 Jejungwon 제중원 Ji Seok-young (cameo)[29] SBS
Life Is Beautiful 인생은 아름다워 Yang Ho-sub[30]
Home Sweet Home 즐거운 나의 집 Kang Shin-woo MBC
2011 The Duo 짝패 Gwi-dong[31] MBC
2012 My Daughter Seo-young 내 딸 서영이 Kang Woo-jae KBS2
2013 Goddess of Fire 불의 여신 정이 Prince Gwanghae MBC
2014 Angel Eyes 엔젤 아이즈 Park Dong-joo/Dylan Park SBS
Liar Game 라이어 게임 Ha Woo-jin tvN
2015 Unkind Ladies 착하지 않은 여자들 Top star
(cameo, episode 3)[32]
Second 20s 두번째 스무살 Cha Hyun-seok tvN
2016 On the Way to the Airport 공항 가는 길 Seo Do-woo KBS2
2017 Whisper 귓속말 Lee Dong-joon SBS
2018 About Time 멈추고 싶은 순간: 어바웃타임 Lee Do-ha tvN
2019 VIP Park Sung-joon SBS


Year Title Hangul Role
2007 Sex Is Zero 2 색즉시공 2 Gi-jo
2014 Santa Barbara 산타바바라 Jung-woo
2016 Insane 날, 보러와요 Na Nam-soo
2019 Okay Madam 오케이! 마담 Chul Seung

Variety showEdit

Year Title Hangul Role
2017–present All The Butlers 집사부일체 Cast member

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 36th Korea Broadcasting Awards Best Newcomer, TV Actor category Don't Cry My Love Won [33]
2010 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Home Sweet Home Won [34]
2012 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Popularity Award, Actor in a Drama My Daughter Seo-young Won [35]
KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Lee Bo-young Won [36]
2013 8th Asia Model Festival Awards BBF Popular Star Award N/A Won [37]
49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) My Daughter Seo-young Nominated [38]
6th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor My Daughter Seo-young, Goddess of Fire Nominated
2nd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor My Daughter Seo-young Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Goddess of Fire Nominated
2014 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Angel Eyes Nominated
Best Couple Award with Ku Hye-sun Nominated
2015 4th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Liar Game, Twenty Again Nominated
2016 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Insane Nominated
53rd Grand Bell Awards Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries On the Way to the Airport Won [39]
Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award with Kim Ha-neul Won
2017 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday–Tuesday Drama Whisper Nominated
2018 12th SBS Entertainment Awards Rookie Award in Male Category Master in the House Won [40]


  1. ^ "[PREVIEW] MBC TV series "Home Sweet Home"". TenAsia. October 22, 2010.
  2. ^ Lee, Seung-Han (October 22, 2010). "Kim Hye-soo will "not feel inch of regret" over Home Sweet Home". TenAsia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ Jeon, Ji-young (26 October 2012). "Lee Sang-yoon and Park Hae-jin Open Golden Age of Innocent Man". KBS Global. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ "My Daughter Seo-yeong is the highest rated drama this year". Hancinema. December 26, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  5. ^ "Lee Sang Yun and Moon Geun Young to be Play The Love of Lord Gwanghae and a Potter". TenAsia. April 17, 2013. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ Lee, Eun-ah (April 9, 2013). "Lee Sang-yoon and Yoon Jin-Seo to Come Back to the Big Screen". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14.
  7. ^ "Lee Sang-yun to Make Film Debut". The Chosun Ilbo. June 19, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  8. ^ "New Drama, 'Angel Eyes' Reveals Its Official Poster". TenAsia. April 3, 2014.
  9. ^ "Lee Sang Yoon, Kim So Eun, Shin Sung Rok and More Gear Up for Drama 'Liar Game'". Mwave. September 23, 2014.
  10. ^ ""Twenty Again"Lee Sang-yoon, the next romantic comedy king". Hancinema. August 20, 2015.
  11. ^ "'On the Way to the Airport' stars share on melodrama roles". Kpop Herald. September 21, 2016.
  12. ^ "A successful shift from TV to movies". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 12, 2016.
  13. ^ "SBS drama 'Whisper' announces cast of stars". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 27, 2017.
  14. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Actor sheds golden boy image in 'Whisper'". The Korea Times. May 31, 2017.
  15. ^ Lee Mi-yeong (December 22, 2017). "'집사부일체', 31일 첫 방송…이승기 日 예능 출격". Joy News (in Korean).
  16. ^ "Lee Sang-yoon, Lee Sung-kyung take roles in tvN drama 'About Time'". Kpop Herald. January 11, 2018.
  17. ^ Yeo Ye-rim (January 10, 2019). "'Okay! Madam' announces its cast". Korea JoongAng Daily.
  18. ^ Lee Yae-eun (June 5, 2019). "'VIP' 장나라·이상윤·이청아·곽선영·표예진 출연…오피스 멜로 온다 [공식]". My Daily (in Korean).
  19. ^ Kwon, Ji-youn (30 August 2013). "Actor Lee Sang-yoon finally graduates from SNU". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  20. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (2 September 2013). "Actor Lee Sang-yoon Celebrates University Graduation". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 20 June 2014. Retrieved 2013-09-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  21. ^ Cho, Jae-eun (26 October 2011). "Lee Sang-yun goes back to school". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  22. ^ "Celebrities Who Went to SNU". SNU Media. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
  23. ^ "'남자 김태희'로 주목 이상윤, KBS드라마시티 주연으로 발탁". Segye (in Korean). 15 June 2007.
  24. ^ "'남자 김태희'로 주목 이상윤, KBS드라마시티 주연으로 발탁". Segye (in Korean). June 15, 2007.
  25. ^ "`미우나 고우나` 이상윤 깜짝 프러포즈". TV Report (in Korean). March 14, 2008.
  26. ^ "이상윤 '신의 저울' 주인공 꿰차..냉혈한 연기 파격변신". Newsen (in Korean). August 14, 2008.
  27. ^ "'엄친아' 이상윤, 드라마 '사랑해, 울지마'에 출연". Yonhap News (in Korean). November 6, 2008.
  28. ^ "이상윤, '맨땅에 헤딩'서 정윤호와 맞대결 "지지 않겠다"". Asiae (in Korean). August 28, 2009.
  29. ^ "이상윤, '제중원'서 조선의사 지석영으로 깜짝 출연". Asiae (in Korean). February 16, 2010.
  30. ^ "송창의·이상윤, '인생은 아름다워'로 다시 의기투합". Nocutnews (in Korean). April 6, 2010.
  31. ^ "[PREVIEW] MBC TV series "The Duo"". 10Asia. June 1, 2010.
  32. ^ "Lee Sang-yoon to cameo in Unkind Women". Hancinema. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-17.
  33. ^ "[한국방송대상] 이상윤, 신인탤런트상 "많이 부족한 데 큰상 주셔서 감사"". Osen (in Korean). September 3, 2009.
  34. ^ Hong, Lucia (December 31, 2010). "Kim Nam-joo, Han Hyo-joo win grand prize at MBC Acting Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-10-07.
  35. ^ "'완벽남'의 아이콘 이상윤의 네버엔딩 스토리date=December 4, 2013". Hankyung (in Korean).
  36. ^ "유준상·김남주外3팀, KBS연기대상 베스트 커플상". Star News (in Korean). December 31, 2012.
  37. ^ "[사진]이상윤,'드라마 더 열심히 할게요'". Osen (in Korean). January 15, 2013.
  38. ^ Hicap, Jonathan M. (April 5, 2013). "49th Baeksang Arts Awards nominees revealed". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  39. ^ "Winners of the 2016 KBS Drama Awards". Asia Pacific Daily. January 3, 2017.
  40. ^ "[SBS 연예대상] 이상윤·강경헌, 신인상 수상 "예능 처음이라 챙겨준 듯"". Star News (in Korean). December 28, 2018.

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